Dynasties End

Once in a while, a success unexpectedly begets another success. Repeated again, a second success begets a dynasty.

Dynasties have certain characteristics. Among these are:

1. A “halo” effect conferred on later generations by the shared glory of the first success.
2. Imputed right of the dynastic family to be left alone by the “common” people.
3. Increasing detachment from the focus of the business; ego takes over.
4. Increasing dismissal of the basis of the power; “It’s my turn.”

The longer a dynasty persists, the more the seeds of its inevitable demise blossom.

The dynastic founder is often a “rags-to-riches” unexpected success overcoming great odds against success. The founder generally displays a genius for organization, creative talent, unstinting drive for success; an unstoppable force.

The second generation is often forced to work in the dynastic business, like it or not. The founder makes it clear that there is no choice. The second generation also works hard under the critical eye of the founder and thus no deviation from success is permitted. The second generation rankles at the hardship and promises itself that the next generation will be given more freedom.

The third generation accepts that freedom as a birthright, apparently requiring no attention to maintain. The money and the power have always been there. Some of the third generation members begin to drift away from the core precepts that created the dynasty; self-actualization is encouraged. Some even begin to rebel as long as the money and prestige continue.

Thereafter, the dynasty descends into disassociation; nobody knows what to do and nobody cares. What’s the problem? The money and the power have always been there. Slowly the core business fades away with nothing to replace it.

So the dynastic arc is this:
• Founder creates the business from a shoe-string, innovates, plans, executes and sets the dynasty on a firm foundation.
• Second generation builds the business, transitions to a structure that does not rely on a single person to be sustained. Growth may slow but stability increases.
• Third generation begins the long slide caused by a sense of entitlement and a weak work ethic.
• Subsequent generations have run out of the founder’s zeal and vigor and the business becomes a weak, dried-up husk that is blown away in the next breeze.

Real-world example? The Kennedy dynasty.

Founder Joseph P. Kennedy made his start during Prohibition, bootlegging Canadian liquor reputedly in association with Mafioso Joseph Costello. This generates massive streams of money. Kennedy saw that Prohibition was not forever and that he must move into another business. He moved into the stock and commodity markets and converted his bootlegging fortune into a stock trading fortune using insider trading. Roosevelt appointed him chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Kennedy then outlawed insider trading.

Second Generation. Joe P. decided that Army Air Force Captain Joe Kennedy Junior needed to be President. This plan was thwarted when Joe Jr. died piloting a bomber. Undaunted, Joe Sr. decided that John F. Kennedy needed to be President. Joe Sr. focused all energy on attaining this goal, and succeeded. Senator Robert Kennedy made a name for himself grilling mobsters in the Senate. JFK appointed RFK to Attorney General, who continued to chase the mob even though he had never argued or tried a case. Ted Kennedy became a Senator as well, and after a failed Presidential campaign, distinguished himself by being found innocent of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne after he drunkenly drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick. JFK and RFK were both assassinated and Ted Kennedy became the moral leader of the Democrat party.

Third Generation. Too many for a complete list, but two stand out. Joe (son of RFK) made friends with Hugo Chavez who sold Venezuelan heating oil to Kennedy at deep discounts, which was then distributed to low-wage Americans, making Kennedy millions and establishing his credentials as a champion of the poor. RFK Jr. made a name for himself by claiming that vaccines cause autism, likening it to “the Holocaust” [Daily Mail, UK] He retracted the claim after a firestorm of criticism.

Only the dry husk remains.

The arc of the Bush dynasty runs like this:

First Generation: Samuel Prescott Bush – Started as manager of a small Connecticut rubber products factory. A loan from Republican financier father-in-law George Herbert Walker set him on a path to become a successful Wall Street banker and eventually a Republican Senator from Connecticut.

Second Generation: George H. W. Bush – Served as Vice President under Reagan followed by a single term as President. A loan from a son of the Walker family made it possible for him to become an oil millionaire before the age of 40.

Third Generation: George W. Bush – Served as Texas Governor and twice served as President. Made his personal fortune in oil exploration.

The Bush dynasty seems to have run the same course. Does the Jebster really seem to be Presidential material?

I think not.

She Who Shall Not Be Named

You cannot talk about her.
You cannot refer to her.
You cannot question her.
You cannot assume anything about her.

You are so insignificant that if she chooses to acknowledge you it will be to destroy you with her stink-eye.

She will define her availability.
She will decide what is material and what is not.
She will decide what is in the public interest.
She will decide what contributions are legal.

You cannot expect to be paid for services rendered.
You cannot expect enforcement of contracts she entered.
You cannot speak to her unless spoken-to.
You cannot look upon her unless she chooses to be seen.

Her Senatorial record is not open for discussion.
Her Secretary of State actions shall not subject to question.
The full faith and credit of the Foundation shall not be questioned.
Her Presidential inevitability is unspoken and unquestionable.

Donations to the Foundation are her property alone.
Speaking fees are payable tax-free to the Foundation.
Charitable payouts from the Foundation are not to be questioned.
Expenses compensated by the Foundation to her are not subject to question.
The Foundation will report and pay such taxes as she deems appropriate.

Those who do not immediately comply with these (and many other) rules shall be denied news access, and will become subject to any punishment from smears to legal assault and perhaps to physical assault (See Vince Foster for an example).

“Politics ain’t beanbag” [Peter Finley Dunne, Chicago Post 1899].

These demands and restrictions are laid on the nation by a purportedly private citizen with no governmental authority. She maintains that no-one has any legal accountability for her actions. These are just the barest hint of the duplicitous, arrogant, dictatorial behavior that will occur if she somehow attains the Presidency, when she has no accountability to anyone.

Who is she? I’m not saying. I don’t need her flying monkeys to arrange for a SWAT team to kick in the door to my house, an IRS audit of my last 20-years of tax returns, an EPA storm-water fine, an OSHA workplace safety investigation, a TSA body-cavity search in my garage everytime I go to the grocery, a Department of Energy critical review of my gasoline purchasing habits and the amount I run my air conditioning here in Houston.

If you consider whoever-she-is to be trustworthy and the best fit for the Presidency, by all means vote for her.

Be sure to reach over and grab your ankles first. She prefers that view of voters.

But I don’t need to mention her name… you already know.

 

Government As A Criminal Enterprise

 

Headlines:

– The IRS refused to fire most of its own employees found to be cheating on their taxes and in some cases even quickly turned around and promoted them within the year. [Washington Times 5/6/15]

– …the now svelte Reverend Sharpton and his for-profit businesses owe a chubby $4.5 million in state and federal taxes. It isn’t only the taxman that is not being paid, according to reports. Even worthy causes like hotels, landlords, and travel agencies are getting the cold shoulder from Mr. Sharpton or from his advocacy organization, the National Action Network. [New York Times 5/6/15]

– The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails. [The Daily Caller 03/02/2015]

– David Nieland, the investigator leading the probe into the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in a prostitution entanglement of his own. He was observed entering and leaving a building that was under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation by sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla. [FOX News October 29, 2014]

– US Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress … for failing to provide key information about the botched Operation Fast and Furious program. He is the only sitting Cabinet member to have been held in contempt of Congress. [FOX News, September 25, 2014]

– In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the Obama campaign purposely disabled the credit card verification system for its Web site donations, allowing anyone from any foreign country to donate with no limit and no proof of identity; in both elections it was demonstrated that people overseas and people with obviously false identities were able to donate to Obama campaign, in direct violation of several laws. [Investment Watchblog September 17th, 2013]

– NOAA continues to predict end-of-the-Arctic-ice 25 years from now and calls for massive funding and economic changes to forestall this. [The Daily Caller 05/06/2015]

– In a conversation which both men thought was private, Mr Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more room to negotiate over US plans for a missile defence shield in Europe after the November presidential election.

“This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” [The Independent (UK) 28 March 2012]

– Federal workers and retirees owe the IRS $3.5 billion, according to data released Tuesday. About 3.1% of all federal employees, including civilian and military employees, are late on their taxes. That means that they either didn’t pay the full amount owed when they filed a return, or an IRS audit found that they owed more than they’d paid. [CNN Money March 24, 2015].

I have commented that the Government scandals start with the White House executive office. And that is true. Lower level employees will test a system to see how many and how serious misdeeds can be and still be excused. It appears that there is no upper limit for malfeasance that will not be overlooked and even rewarded by Obama. As an example, the Attorney General decides which laws he will not enforce, and his replacement has started out the same way.

In my consulting career, I have observed that if the man in the corner office is a jerk, so is everyone else. People imitate the boss. This has been borne out in the Obama administration as well.

It is also clear that the American people have no immediate recourse. Obama, IRS, EPA, FCC, OSHA and many other agencies in this government do as they please, illegally or otherwise, secure that they will not be impeded by the voters, the Congress or the courts. The Congress is not only looking the other way on these scandals, but has actively funded policy that had previously been foresworn.

We face a tipping point election in 2016. If we do not correct the leftist government, we may not get another opportunity.

This Is Only A Test

Folks,  I apologize for my tardy posts lately.  My fire briefly went low.  Let’s see if I can get re-energized.

A turning point event has occurred in Garland, Texas. Home-grown Muslim Jihadi sympathizers have opened fire on Americans for expressing their First Amendment rights.

This resulted in a classic failure of the victim selection process: Two Jihadists shot a peace officer outside a TEXAS free-speech conference and were immediately shot dead.

This is the only proper response.

A little history: in 2000, Yasser Arafat and the PLO began the second intifada in Israel by having armed gangs burst into Israeli schools and coffee shops and begin shooting. This plan was abandoned immediately when Israeli citizens (mostly military trained) began shooting first and asking questions later. So many PLO gunmen died so quickly that Arafat quickly switched to bombings.

Islamist suppression of free speech rights is not new; what is new is the armed violent suppression of our liberty, attempted in the American heartland.  This is not the last of these crimes; only the first skirmish of a long war.

It is not safe to “try and see the Muslim viewpoint.” As an infidel, you cannot see that viewpoint because you must wear a blindfold just before you are killed. We cannot just live and let live.

A car with a Image result for coexist bumper sticker reveals that the driver is willing to chance death at the hands of savages, certain that the bumper sticker will show the driver is a peaceful, tolerant, world citizen who has thrown off the shackles of American exceptionalism.

Bombs and bullets do not read bumper stickers.

Here’s the news flash: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” [Leon Trotsky]

The Least Significant Media says that this conference was controversial. A free speech conference is not controversial. Shooting people to suppress free speech is controversial.

The shooting in Garland will be a test for the Nation. Those who counsel caution and urge “no more cartoons” will be revealed as Muslim appeasers, unworthy of being called American.

Many politicians will fail this critical test also. They will call for patience, cite lack of understanding for the difficult childhoods of the shooters, the effects of white privilege, the majority of peaceable Muslims who did not shoot in Garland, the crimes of America, the failure of justice, income inequality etc.

None of these excuses has anything to do with what happened. These are all Progressive apologia for the criminal acts of the Jihadis.  Progs are sure that somehow this will all work out peacefully if we just keep quiet and do not resist.

Submit, submit!

Progs cannot accept the idea that peace through surrender means the peace of the grave.

As a Nation, we face the stark outcome of a collision between our hard-won freedom and seventh-century savagery parading as the Religion Of Peace©. There is no peaceful coexistence; there is only winning or losing. Losing means being destroyed as a Nation and as a people.

Each American is responsible for protecting the freedom of speech. There is an enemy among us that plans and acts every day to crush our liberty.

Islamophobia? No. Phobia is an unrealistic fear. These Islamists promise and intend to kill “unbelievers” (that’s you and me). That’s not phobia, that’s realism. If you cannot understand that, you are too short for this ride.

Has this shootout shocked the progs? Judge by Obama’s non-response. Although he ordinarily inserts himself provocatively into every situation, he doesn’t have the courage to repeat his 2012 admonition to the UN: “The Future Must Not Belong To Those Who Slander The Prophet of Islam”.  Judging by all the wails of the Jihadis, Mohammad cartooning is slander. Obama and the Progs have been shocked that the Americans will shoot back to defend their liberty.

Obama dismissed such a response thus: “…it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Quelle surprise. Moral of this story? “Don’t mess with Texas.”

So here is the test for each of us: do we just shut up, duck our heads and go about our business hoping that we won’t be killed next?  What kind of life is that? What kind of liberty is that?